The Outsiders Characters at a Glance

  • In The Outsiders, Ponyboy Curtis is the narrator. His affinity for poetry and solitary reflection distinguishes him from the other Greasers. He manages to maintain his sensitive and compassionate nature despite the obstacles he encounters.

  • Johnny Cade is a Greaser who is abused by his father and neglected by his mother. After being beaten by the Socs, he carries a blade and nervously looks out for trouble. He develops a close friendship with Pony.

  • Dallas Winston has a criminal record and has spent time in prison. After losing Johnny, he sets himself up to be shot by the police.

  • Cherry is a Soc who expresses affection for Pony and mediates between the two groups. She helps Pony see the similarities between the Greasers and the Socs.

  • Darrel Curtis is Ponyboy’s older brother who gives up the opportunity to go to college so that he can care for his two brothers after the death of their parents.

Character Summary

Ponyboy Curtis is the sole narrator of The Outsiders, so all the characters and all the action are seen through his eyes as the reader...

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The Outsiders Character Development

Ponyboy Curtis, his best friend Johnny Cade, and the tough hood Dallas Winston are the main characters in The Outsiders. Ponyboy narrates...

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The Outsiders Complete Character Analysis

The Outsiders Johnny Cade

Beaten by his father and ignored by his mother, he stays around town only because he is the gang's pet, "everyone's kid brother." Johnny...

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The Outsiders Darrel Curtis

Darrel has been taking care of the family ever since Mr. and Mrs. Curtis died in a car wreck, eight months before the start of the novel. A...

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The Outsiders Ponyboy Curtis

The story is Ponyboy Curtis's narrative about his experience seeing three young men die. Pony is a good student, a track star, and a greaser....

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The Outsiders Dallas Winston

"The real character of the gang," Dally was arrested his first time at the age of ten. He spent three years on the "wild side" of New York...

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The Outsiders Other Characters

Randy Adderson
Randy is Bob's best friend and takes his death very hard. Before the rumble, he has a talk with Ponyboy...

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